MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 289, 2019Concrete Solutions 2019 – 7th International Conference on Concrete Repair
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Published online||28 August 2019|
Monitoring and testing corrosion and responsive behaviour in galvanic systems.
Concrete Preservation Technologies, Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire, UK
Testing methods for corrosion prevention in structures have, historically, been based on the steel polarising from the protective current. Modern galvanic systems aim to protect the steel by restoring the protective alkaline environment, rather than through polarisation. Since 2012 standard guidelines allow for alternative testing to be used . Scientific testing of galvanic systems will be discussed looking at the nature of constant potential galvanic systems and comparing them to the traditional constant current impressed systems, looking in particular at unique anode behaviours such as low median current during times of low corrosion risk and responsive behaviour during corrosion hazards. This work lays out a protocol for the evaluation and testing of existing galvanic corrosion protection (CP) systems in reinforced concrete through the lens of various real-world studies. Data taken from over a decade of monitored systems are used to support the protocol. Modern testing strategies such as 2-dimensional relative potential mapping and corrosion rate monitoring will measure the steel's corrosion. Galvanic currents rise and fall with corrosion risk providing protection while ensuring a long life to the design.
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2019
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